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Atlanta firefighter hurt in fall released from hospital


ATLANTA - An Atlanta firefighter has been released from the hospital after falling about 20 feet from the roof of an apartment building.

Spurgeon Putnam was discharged from Grady Memorial Hospital on Monday. The firefighter was battling a blaze at a building in the Buckhead neighborhood on Oct. 30.

Putnam said he knelt down to catch his breath during the fire, got dizzy and fell from the roof.ID=18438003

Fulton County is ready for Election Day

Fulton County is ready for Election Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 4, all 370 precincts in Fulton County will open to welcome voters. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections is confident that pre-election preparations will result in an easy and pleasant voting experience for all electors. As always, administrative and technical support is available in the field and at the Election phone bank to address questions that may arise.

As of Oct. 30, 75,051 voters have cast ballots during early voting and 5,942 via absentee ballot.

Voters who plan to vote in person on Nov. 4 should keep the following points in mind:

Carjacking victim sues Phipps Plaza


ATLANTA -- The woman who was beaten and carjacked at the Phipps Plaza parking deck this past summer is now blaming not only her attackers, she is also suing mall management and mall security.

She is accusing the mall of neglecting violent crime there -- knowing about it but doing nothing about it.

Phipps' response -- it's safer at the mall than it is practically anywhere else in Metro Atlanta.

"I felt like they were going to kill me," said Michelle Wing of her attackers, the day after the August 4th attack. "I really did -- when he said he had a gun."

Wing described how she was walking to her car in the Phipps Plaza parking lot, and at least two men ran up to her from behind, violently beat her, and stole her car.

"He said, 'Give me your beepin' keys, or I will shoot you.' And I just started screaming, 'Help! Help!"

Macy's welcomes back Pink Pig ride


ATLANTA -- The Macy's Pink Pig has been a beloved Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years.

From its debut in the '50s as a children's ride at the downtown Rich's store, to its brief stint at the Egleston Children's Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy's Pink Pig into the holiday season.

To kick things off this year, Marlie, a 6-year-old patient from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will enjoy the first ride as this year's Macy's Pink Pig Very Important Patient (VIP). Earlier this year, Marlie was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia after she came home from school with a big bruise on her hip from falling on the playground. Since then, Marlie has been on Immunosuppressive Therapy for 5 months and receives blood and platelets as needed.

Georgia's most elegant homes: 1325 Monte Carlo Drive NW


From Buckhead to Johns Creek and all the way out around Lake Oconee, Georgians love their mansions. Homes inspired from traditional antebellum architecture, but showcase hip modern tech savvy features, can be seen in the Peach State's most elegant neighborhoods.

This week's home of the week is the contemporary Mediterranean gated estate at 1325 Monte Carlo Drive NW in Buckhead. It is currently listed by Debra Johnston of Engel & Volkers Buckhead Atlanta for $6.75 million.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

2 arrested for DUI after hitting police car


ATLANTA -- Two drivers were arrested after causing a three-car accident involving an Atlanta police cruiser.

It happened Friday at around 3:15 a.m. on Peachtree Road at Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead.

Atlanta police said the officer was heading south on Peachtree Road right behind a GMC Sierra. A Toyota Corolla pulled out in front of the Sierra and the two cars collided.

The Sierra then sideswiped the officer's cruiser, according to police. The Sierra's driver traveled about a quarter-mile farther south before stopping.

Police said the drivers of both the Corolla and Sierra were suspected of DUI. They were taken into custody. No names have been released.

Nobody was hurt in the accident.